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Our expertise spans generations of excellence. Bert Decker founded the company in 1979, and later recruited his son and daughter-in-law to propel Decker Communications through the new generation of business communications.

Bert Decker

Bert Decker
Chairman and Founder

A true visionary, Bert launched Decker Communications in 1979 to transform people’s lives – and that mission remains the same today. Bert’s passion for communications evolved from his early career as a successful filmmaker. After turning the camera on himself, he became keenly aware of the power of video feedback and the need for communications coaching.

Since then, Bert has become a nationally recognized communications expert, appearing on the NBC TODAY Show several times, commentator on Presidential Debates, and featured on ABC’s 20/20 and dozens of other print and broadcast media. Bert is entrepreneurial to his core.

In addition to speaking and writing, he is the founder of seven companies and organizations, Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and fancies himself an early adopter of all things tech. Bert raised his three children in the Decker Method and is now working on his grandchildren. He and his wife Dru Scott live in Nevada.

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Ben Decker

Ben Decker
Chief Executive Officer

Ben drives the Decker vision, ensuring that we always set out to transform individuals to increase their impact. In addition to speaking and leading executive programs, he spearheads Decker’s strategy and expansion efforts.

His prior experience and success in sales and sales management in the telecommunications and surgical industries validated the importance of communicating effectively, even in the most brief interactions.

Ben holds a BS in Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ben has literally been steeped in the Decker Method his entire life. Early on in his “career,” he remembers being videotaped prior to his junior high book reports. In hindsight, he can certainly see the value of it, but the jury is still out on whether or not he’ll subject his own three boys to do the same.

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Kelly Decker

Kelly Decker
President

Head of Decker’s Program Development and Training, Kelly works closely with our clients to customize innovative programs that solve their evolving communications challenges. In addition to speaking and leading executive programs, she is focused on growing and scaling the elite quality of communications training and messaging programs upon which Decker has built its reputation.

Every day, she leverages skills and past experience gained in consulting with The Alexander Group, and in corporate communications and sales management with AT&T. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, and a BS in Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Having grown up in a large Italian family, Kelly worked hard to overcome the communications challenge of over-gesturing. She’s also a proud survivor of growing up with three brothers, and she uses her experience to raise her and Ben’s three boys, Jackson, Joseph and Christopher.

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Terry Lee

Terry Lee
Vice President, Sales

As the Vice President of Sales, Terry has the main responsibility for driving revenue for the company. He directs a sales force in the Bay area and New York that manages and sells to Decker clients nationwide. He was employee #3 with the company in 1980, and he feels strongly that Decker is the preeminent communications training and consulting firm in the business.

Terry has been in sales and sales management for almost all of his 40 years in business. In addition to Decker, past positions included stints as the Director of National Ad Sales for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Vice President of Sales for SoftAd and work for such larger corporations as Continental Can and Castle and Cooke. He is one of 7 children – a graduate of the University of Notre Dame – and is proud to be a husband, father and very active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

John Tarman

John Tarman
Chief Operating Officer

A native son of the Bay Area, John’s commitment to organizational leadership has included 20 years with the California Interscholastic Federation (Assistant Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer) as well as his most recent service as Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of the East Bay.

At various times during his career, his management responsibilities have included finance, administration, sales, marketing, human resources, communications, training, media relations and event management. His passions include basketball (former high school and college basketball official) and wine (ten years in the wine industry). John has served on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Center and currently serves as Chair of the Finance Council of St. Joan of Arc Church in San Ramon. John is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and resides in Dublin with his wife Domini.

In his operations role, John leads all aspects of administration, finance and human resources while working with the rest of the Decker Executive Team to chart the future course for Decker’s growth.